Event Types


Your business Legacy

I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My father founded his automobile dealership in 1952. When he passed away prematurely in 1965, neither my brother nor I were prepared to take over the business. My mother sold his business after another year or two because it was too much for her to oversee. If I had known then what I know now, I would have advised her to consider other options that would have ensured the final years of her life were even more comfortable.

But more importantly, I would have advised my dad to put in place a comprehensive plan to ensure my mother benefited from the full value of the business legacy he had created and worked so hard for.

My passion is helping family business owners realize their dreams—for themselves, for their families, for their employees and other stakeholders, and to retire successfully and comfortably.

I help individuals and their businesses achieve phenomenal, enduring success. I’ve worked with businesses of all sizes in a variety of capacities—business strategist; management, marketing and sales consultant; sales, marketing, and systems development manager; intrapreneur (in-house entrepreneur); and systems designer; custom education solutions consultant; and educator.

I hold a Ph.D. in Executive Management from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan. My AB degree in Mathematics is from Humboldt State University. I am a member of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics and the Association for Transpersonal Psychology

Jan 10, 2018
Jan 10, 2018 8:30 AM

"The Journey is the Destination--Walking the Camino de Santiago."

The Camino de Santiago is a 500 mile pilgrimage beginning in southern France, crossing the Pyrenees mountains into Spain and continues west across the width of Northern Spain. In 2016 over 260,000 pilgrims from all over the world walked this ancient path that has been traveled for over 1,200 years. In June of 2015 Jeff Davidson completed this walk over 25 days. Jeff shared his experiences through a multi-media presentation covering a brief history of the Camino, his preparation, experiences and reflections.

Jan 17, 2018

Presidio Community & Point Bonita YMCAs


Our mission is to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities by enriching the lives of all people in spirit, mind and body.  

Our strategic vision is that the healthiest children in America will live in the Bay Area, building the skills and habits for a healthy life, being empowered to reach their highest potential.

For more than 160 years, the YMCA of San Francisco has addressed the most pressing social issues of the day—whether that was helping immigrants adjust to life in America or supporting soldiers newly returned from war find jobs back home.

We are committed to building equity through our diversity, inclusion, and global engagement efforts. We work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race, or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.

Our 14 YMCAs in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties strive to understand the complex nature of emerging needs and develop unique programming built upon community strength. We understand that each of our communities has unique challenges which are always addressed in a pro-active and compassionate way.

Lara is the Senior Executive Director at the Presidio and Point Bonita YMCAs

Jan 24, 2018

Future of Food

Camille Richman is a mechanical engineer who started working in agriculture as a researcher at the MIT Media Lab's CityFarm project. There she operated a shipping container-sized hydroponic and aeroponic farm and designed a personal-sized controlled environment farm called the "Food Computer."  Camille was excited by the power of controlled environments to make farming possible anywhere, no matter the season. Now Camille's company HAMAMA is bringing hydroponic technologies into homes across the United States with its first product line: an affordable kit that makes growing nutrient-dense vegetables year-round easy.

Feb 07, 2018

AJ Dist Attorney for 2018

A.J. Brady is a Bay Area native with more than a decade of experience keeping the community safe, working for the Marin County District Attorney’s Office prosecuting violent offenders and implementing innovative best practices and programs.

Born in San Francisco, A.J. is the oldest of three brothers and thirteen cousins. During his early years, A.J. lived in the Outer Sunset where he spent his afterschool hours in the dry-cleaning business run by his first-generation Chinese-American grandparents. In sixth grade, A.J. moved with his mother to San Rafael and later attended high school at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco.  He then received a B.A. in Political Science/Public Policy from University of California San Diego, where he met his wife Jenna, and later graduated cum laude from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

A.J. lives in Corte Madera with his wife and two daughters, where he serves as President of the Reed Union School Board of Trustees and Vice-President of the Marin County School Board Association. As an elected official working to improve education in Marin County, A.J. helps oversee a $20 million budget and over 160 district employees. On the school board, he has consulted on strategic planning, employment, and litigation issues, and is working to increase fiscal responsibility in schools while maintaining excellent education standards for all students. 

Feb 14, 2018
Feb 14, 2018 8:30 AM

Holistic Health and Wellness

William M. Baeza, D.C. is a State certified Doctor of Chiropractic, licensed by the the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners in 1972. He graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, Ca.  He practiced in San Francisco from 1972 to 1979 and has been in Marin county since 1979.  Dr. Baeza has lectured on health subjects (from back pain to digestive and respiratory problems etc.) in Marin as well as all over the Bay area. He served as a certified QME (Qualified Medical Evaluator) for 10 years examining Worker's Comp. patients and evaluating their injuries in a Medical-Legal report. He has lectured nationally to Chiropractic Associations and Seminars.  Dr.Baeza calls himself a Chiropractic Activist because he maintains a long term purpose of Changing the Health Care System of the Planet. Also he had his own Chiropractic radio talk show and once debated an Orthopedic Surgeon on KGO radio on the risks and effectiveness of Chiropractic versus Back Surgery. Dr.Baeza's patients say he is the most caring and competent Doctor they have ever been to and explains their problem and treatment in a clear and simple way.  His practice is more than 90 % referral from other patients. 

Feb 21, 2018

Come join our very own Redwood High School Interact Club for a special breakfast and auction to help support the various efforts these students have been involved in all year. Meet the young leaders and hear about how they have joined together to tackle the issues in our community that they care about most.

Mar 14, 2018
Mar 14, 2018 8:30 AM

Next Generation Scholars

Next Generation Scholars​ believes equal access to higher education is the key to making positive change within our community. Our mission is to level the playing field by providing dedicated underserved students with all the advantages available to those of privilege.

Next Generation Scholars offers a college preparatory curriculum, psychological services, leadership training and supportive social services. All elements of our programs are approached through the lens of ethnic studies and social justice. Our lectures, events, projects and personal interactions are rooted in a deep respect for our multicultural society and a desire to provide our students with a meaningful education. It is of utmost importance that all our students not only see themselves as active agents of change in the community, but that they also think seriously about what values and causes they are going to enact in their lives.

While at Wesleyan, Justin founded and led an affinity group for students who identify as men of color called Invisible Men. Justin continued his education in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Previously, Justin has worked in program development, operations, communications, and fundraising in youth development and education non-profits.​

Mar 21, 2018


Susan B. Levine has been in the financial services industry for most of her career. She was most recently a Managing Director at the Cowen Group (New York), working primarily in real estate where she was responsible for capital raising and investor relations.  Prior to joining the Cowen Group, Ms. Levine held several marketing and investment positions at a number of different private investment firms, including one that she co-founded.  Ms. Levine started her career in finance at Lehman Brothers, which she joined in 1984, and left in 1993 to join the Clinton Administration Treasury Department in Washington DC.

Ms. Levine moved to San Francisco in 2005 to work at a woman-owned hedge fund, and in August of 2015, Ms. Levine and her husband moved to Sonoma from San Francisco, where Ms. Levine planned to continue her bi-coastal life of working in New York and San Francisco. That all changed when Ms. Levine suffered a traumatic accident in New York City, which left her a double amputee, having lost her right arm above the elbow and her left leg above the knee. As a result of the accident, Ms. Levine retired from Cowen and has settled into living full time in Sonoma. She has always been involved in non-profit board service, which she continues to do, including joining the board of the Sonoma Mentoring Alliance. Ms. Levine is a mentor to a 10-year old boy; she is physically active, engaging in swimming, biking, CrossFit and yoga, and she is involved with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which helps athletes with disabilities engage in sport.

Ms. Levine received a B.A. in political science with distinction from Swarthmore College and an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia University. She studied Chinese and lived in Taiwan and worked extensively throughout East Asia, including China, Thailand and Japan.

Apr 04, 2018

Amy's Kitchen

Paul Schiefer is Senior Director of Business Development at Amy's Kitchen

Amy's Kitchen is looking to expand to Marin Countywith Amy's Drive Thru is it's fast food arm of the organic frozen food purveyor, which looks to serve sustainable, organic, vegetarian and GMO-free food, quickly. The Santa Rosa-based company has been in business for close to 30 years, with facilities in the Bay Area and Oregon, and sells its line of frozen food in grocery stores. 

Paul will share a brief history of the company with focus on the values and commitment to making great tasting organic food available to our communities. He'll highlight a few examples of service work, including the recent response to the Sonoma/Napa fires. Then introduce the Amy's Drive Thru restaurant and plans for Corte Madera. 

Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018 8:30 AM
Apr 15, 2018
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Project Avary

Project Avary offers long-term support, resources, guidance and training for children with incarcerated parents.Project Avary is a safe space where families and children of incarcerated individuals can be open and honest about the pain and grief of losing a loved one to the criminal justice system. Within this container of deep trust and respect, children of the incarcerated join together to grieve and heal the wounds of loss and abandonment. 

Since 1999, our year-round program has met the unique emotional needs of children with a parent in prison. We intervene early in the lives of children at the ages of 8 to 11, and we make a long-term 10-year commitment to each child and family.

Zachary Whelan has worked on criminal justice reform for over a decade leading community-based organizations focused on creating innovative solutions to heal the impacts of incarceration on children and families. He was the Program Coordinator of a violence prevention program on Boston's North Shore, Director of the Orleans County Community Justice Project in Vermont,  Associate Director of Restorative Resources in Sonoma County, and is currently the Executive Director of Project Avary.

Apr 18, 2018 7:00 AM

Seven Steps to Build A Better Brain

Dr. Sally LaMont is a naturopathic doctor (ND) and acupuncturist (LAc), educator and cook with a functional medicine practice at the Marin Natural Medicine Clinic in Larkspur, California. www.marinnaturalmedicine.com.

She focuses on healthy aging, digestive distress, metabolic and hormonal imbalances, diabetes and dementia through personalized natural treatment plans that address the root cause of those conditions.

Dr. Sally loves to use food as medicine, and created www.drsallyskitchen.com to share recipes and cutting edge strategies to eat to beat chronic disease.

Dr. LaMont earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 1981 from the National University of Naturopathic Medicine and her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine in 1986 at Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

As prior Executive Director of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association, Dr. LaMont led the successful campaign to license NDs in California, granting 34 million people access to natural health care. She was awarded Physician of the Year in 2001 by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for her work.

May 02, 2018

Zero Waste Marin

Zero Waste Marin is a countywide program whose goal is to reduce waste and help our environment. We are working with Mill Valley Refuse to conduct presentations throughout Corte Madera. In our presentation, we will help answer questions about how to recycle or dispose of confusing items, and present solutions for reducing household food waste.


Grier Mathews is a contractor working on behalf of Zero Waste Marin to help educate Marin County residents about ways to reduce waste, make smarter purchases, and ultimately help the County meet their Zero Waste goals.

May 09, 2018
May 09, 2018 8:30 AM

"They Were Unpaid, They Were Crazy, They Were Rebels With a Cause!”

REBELS WITH A CAUSE - http://rebelsdocumentary.org/trailer/ tells the story of the dreamers and schemers who fought to keep wealthy developers from taking over – and destroying – breathtaking natural landscapes. Despite their early efforts, however, "it wasn't until John Kennedy was elected in 1960 that things began to move..." says Bill Duddleson, Legislative Assistant to then - Congressman Clem Miller. "We drew up a petition which said only this: 'Dear Mr. President, only you can preserve this magnificent seashore for all generations of Americans. It's NOW or NEVER!'" recalls Peter Behr, former California State Senator. 

May 16, 2018

Women's Big Wave Surfing

Bianca Valenti, is a professional big wave surfer. She began surfing at age 7 in the dirty waters of Doheny Beach, Dana Point which was the same moment she became an environmentalist! In 2012 she won the ASP Women’s Pipeline Pro in Oahu, Hawaii. Most recently she became the first ever champion of a woman’s big wave event which took place as part of the Big Wave World Tour at Nelscott Reef, Oregon.

Bianca is paving the way in Women’s Big Wave surfing along with a small group of other women in the world. Big wave surfing is defined as riding waves 30ft and bigger. Bianca is not sure if anyone else in the world cares about her being good at surfing and/or riding big waves as it is mostly a selfish pursuit…BUT in case anyone in the world is inspired by her talent and what she does on waves she hopes they will take that inspiration and put it to use towards helping the environment and trying to make a more sustainable planet for the future!

May 23, 2018
May 26, 2018
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Global Medicine Hunting


Professor Meg Jordan PhD, RN, CWP, is a woman who has motivated millions to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Author, speaker, international health journalist, registered nurse and a clinical medical anthropologist, Meg is one of the most recognized names in health and wellness reporting. She is Chair of a growing department at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco that offers an M.A. in Integrative Health Studies, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Somatic Psychology, and a PhD in Human Sexuality.

If anthropology is the study of culture’s impact on humanity, then medical anthropology is the study of how cultural views of health and disease, illness and recovery vary among people all over the world.

Dr. Meg will be speaking to us on "Global Medicine Hunting​" a review of the different types of healing modalities around the world, and how to choose the one that’s best for whatever ails you.

Jun 06, 2018 7:15 AM
Jun 09, 2018
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Jun 13, 2018 8:30 AM

Machine Learning and Robotics

Roberto is a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley in the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory (BAIR). He will be discussing an exciting and new scientific interest that focuses on the conjunction of Machine Learning and Robotics, in what is know as Robot Learning

Jun 20, 2018